Ferrofluid : Materializing Magnetic Fields

March 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mapping, Materials, Mathematics | 4 Comments »

Ferrofluid, often used as a mechanical damper by electronically controlling its viscosity, is also a great visualization tool as it responds the surrounding magnetic fields in 3-dimensions. Make some at home, or buy some online and watch it rapidly react to magnetism.

via notcot

Wiki entry | description and home made ferrofluid
EI | online store
Wondermagnet | online store and small description
CC Alive | chemistry website
NI Magnetic Products | online store
SC news | instant armor
SciToys | on magnetism
UVM | close-ups and playing with topology
Ken Cooper | stripes in ferrofluid


4 Comments on “Ferrofluid : Materializing Magnetic Fields”

  1. 1 notcot said at 5:43 am on March 30th, 2005:

    Wow, nice research, thanks for the link, and showing me the Siggraph exhibit, that was such an amazing display to experience.

  2. 2 please don’t shoot » Oh, dear. said at 12:45 am on March 31st, 2005:

    […] Ferrofluid is a liquid which responds to magnetic fields in three dimensions. Amazing. (via) […]

  3. 3 tef said at 5:59 pm on March 7th, 2006:

    Now, I knowwww. This is the type of liquid that was used in an art exhibit in Madrid Spain about three years ago. A magnet of variable power created some very interesting shapes…. Yup. A memory.

  4. 4 funny videos said at 2:25 am on February 15th, 2017:

    Wow, nice research


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